1(Of water, air, or glass) make (a ray of light) change direction when it enters at an angle: the rays of light are refracted by the material of the lens
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- A light ray is refracted when it passes from one medium to another at an angle and its speed changes.
- The hotter, denser air refracts the light coming from the horizon and the viewer sees an image of the sky near the horizon.
- When the temperature difference is large enough, the warmer air refracts the light and amazing images can be seen.
Early 17th century: from Latin refract- 'broken up', from the verb refringere, from re- 'back' + frangere 'to break'.
Words that rhyme with refractabreact, abstract, act, attract, bract, compact, contract, counteract, diffract, enact, exact, extract, fact, humpbacked, impact, interact, matter-of-fact, pact, protract, redact, retroact, subcontract, subtract, tact, tract, transact, unbacked, underact, untracked
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